The Executive Council of the African Union continued the work of its regular session for the second day, in preparation for the thirty-fifth session of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, which will be held at the headquarters of the continental organization on February 5-6.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad stated that the ministers “discussed, with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, a number of draft resolutions that will be submitted to the summit of heads of state and government, and elected new members of the Peace and Security Council, within the framework of the membership periodic renewal process in accordance with the principle of rotation.”
On the sidelines of his participation in the work of the Executive Council, Minister Lamamra held a series of meetings with his African counterparts, especially the foreign ministers of Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Eritrea and Burundi. These meetings represented a renewed opportunity to present Algerian positions and readings on various developments at the continental level, as well as a review of the initiatives that our country has taken in order to promote peace and stability in Africa and promote peaceful solutions to crises that undermine sustainable development efforts.
Minister Lamamra also discussed with his counterparts “the issues on the agenda of the Executive Council in its current session and exchanged with them views on the prospects for crystallizing the necessary consensus among member states on sensitive or controversial issues in order to preserve the unity of the continental organization and the credibility and efficacy of joint African action.”
The statement continued, “In this context, discussions with his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Titi Antonio, focused on many issues of common interest at the bilateral and multilateral levels, and the two parties agreed to enhance coordination and intensify joint initiatives aimed at upholding the values and principles of African unity. “
In his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Mrs. Rachel Omamo, the two sides praised the “distinguished bilateral relations” that unite the two countries, and “agreed to continue coordination in preparation for bilateral benefits and several important meetings scheduled in the future, especially at the level of the African Peace and Security Council.”
With his counterpart from the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Patrick Rajoayna, “they discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields that would serve the interests of the two friendly peoples. The two ministers also exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of common interest,” according to the statement.
During his meeting with his counterpart from Nigeria, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, “the two ministers expressed their pride in the historical and solid relations that bind the two countries in their various dimensions, as well as their determination to consolidate the congruence of the visions and positions of the two countries on all international and regional issues, which is reflected in the permanent coordination between the two parties, and their joint endeavor on a continuous basis to promote the goals and principles of African unity.”
In his meeting with his Eritrean counterpart, Mr. Osman Saleh, the two sides agreed to strengthen the legal framework regulating bilateral relations and to formulate an ambitious action plan to enhance cooperation between the two countries in various fields.
Minister Lamamra also discussed with his Burundian counterpart, Mr. Albert Shingiro, “the prospects for revitalizing bilateral relations and cooperation mechanisms in the context of reopening the Algerian embassy in Bujumbura, and the decision it took to do the same,” according to the same statement.